There’s absolutely no requirement for you to come and visit or do an in-person interview as part of the Admissions process (although we do love it when you guys do that!).
As far as visiting campus goes, that’s partially what this blog is for - allowing prospective students to get a sense of life at Bennington by looking vicariously through our eyes. Obviously there’s no parallel to seeing the real thing, but we do our best to give you enough information that would allow you to make an informed decision about whether or not you want to attend Bennington without having to visit.
As for the interview: while we don’t require an interview, we strongly, strongly encourage them. The good news is that they needn’t be in-person. We have several Admissions Counselors who are divided up by different states and regions; so each state has a counselor assigned to it (and we also have an international counselor). The best way to find out who your counselor is would be to call the Admissions Office at (802)-440-4312 and ask! The counselors make trips throughout their territories in the fall and can schedule in-person interviews at their various stops, OR we can get you in contact with them to schedule a phone interview.
Anyway, I hope that helps! We hope you come visit if that ever becomes a possibility!
We only interview students during or prior to their senior year because the growth between junior and senior year is often pretty expansive, and we want you to be as close to the person you’ll be when you come here as possible.
Imagine yourself as a high school freshman (and how silly you probably were) and interviewing for college. Hopefully you have a similar leap in maturity every year in high school, so we just want you to put your best foot forward during the interview.
If you’re worried about having the opportunity to do a face to face interview, definitely get in touch with your counselor. They generally try to swing through most of their territory once a year, so hopefully you can work something out for senior year.
If you need a more in depth answer, call or email us, and we can talk about your personal situation.